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Lard Yao Peter – Meet a German tattooist extraordinaire!


Lard Yao Peter travels and tattoos. With long steel needles.

Peter learned his trade in Lard Yao Prison, also known as Klong Prem or the Bangkok Hilton, Thailand’s notoriously infamous jail, where he spent some time in the 1990s.

Spiegel TV has produced an interesting documentary on this extraordinary German. Obviously, the film is in German but should still prove fascinating for anyone interested in the contemporary tattoo scene and especially in Thailand’s sacred tattoos, Sak Yant.

German broadsheet Die Zeit recently produced a short film on my book Sacred Skin. The 5 minute documentary by Meike Fries and Andreas Nebeling features interviews with photographer Aroon Thaewchatturat, tattoo master Achan Neng Onnut and photographer James Nachtwey.

Achan Neng Onnut has just posted a number of images from the film shoot on his website.

The image at the top of this page was lifted from Lard Yao Peter’s website.

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